After Sunday’s 4-0 road loss to the Los Angeles Galaxy, Sounders FC coach Sigi Schmid was asked about an 87th-minute red card issued to midfielder Shalrie Joseph.
“At that point the game was over,” Schmid said.
Indeed, the game has long passed, but the consequences of Joseph’s harsh tackle on Galaxy midfielder Marcelo Sarvas — which you can view here — won’t go away for a while.
The MLS Disciplinary Committee has fined Joseph and suspended him an additional game, bringing his total to two games following the automatic suspension for the red card. The committee, according to a news release, “unanimously determined that the act was egregious, involving contact above the shoulders that endangered the safety of his opponent, and required further sanction.”
Joseph will be out Saturday against Chivas USA, his former team, and also June 8 against Vancouver.
Here is how Joseph explained the play to me after Sunday’s game: “The guy took a heavy touch and I just stepped in for the tackle. Once he was clearing the ball, he was swinging, and I went in with my body to make sure I got the ball, a piece of him and everything. The referee saw it as a red card, but he had a terrible game, so I wasn’t surprised at all he gave me a red card.”
What do you make of the committee’s decision?